Only nine Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) branches will sell recreational cannabis when it becomes legal in 2018.
The establishments where cannabis will be on sale are:
- Amherst – 126 South Albion
- Dartmouth – 650 Portlland Street
- Halifax – 3601, Joseph Howe Drive
- Lower Sackville – 745 Sackville Drive
- New Glasgow – 610 East River Road
- Sydney River – 95, Keltic Drive
- Truro – 6 Court Street
- Yarmouth – 104a Starrs Road
The ninth store is a former liquor store on Clyde Street in downtown Halifax. This branch will be reopened, but it will only sell cannabis.
The 60 or so NSLC agency stores will not be allowed to sell cannabis. A store-agency is a retailer, for example a convenience store or a service station, which is allowed under certain conditions to sell alcohol. They are mainly found in rural areas.
There are more than 100 NSLC stores selling alcohol throughout the province.
The neighboring province of New Brunswick plans to open 20 CannabisNB branches in 15 communities. Ontario has 40 stores in 14 municipalities.
Justice Minister Mark Furey has not closed the door to opening additional branches. He says the province will analyze sales and public demand after the first year.
Asked if the limited number of retailers would not divert the public from the legal supply of marijuana, Minister Furey is of the opinion that “it would be naïve to believe that we are going to eliminate the black market”.
It will be possible in Nova Scotia to buy cannabis online and have it delivered to the home, but the government has not announced more details.